YAM’s Top35 Canciones of the 90’s

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Matador (1993)

Even if you don’t know this Argentine rock band, you’ve probably heard this song in soundtracks and commercials, even one American business ad featuring fans of Brazil’s national soccer team — Argentina’s rivals. Silly ad agency. Just because the drums sound like batucada.

Te están buscando, Matador!

Celia Cruz – La Vida es un Carnaval (1998)

The top of the list belongs to the legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Not only does the song have a great beat, but the lyrics call people to rise above their worries and make the best of their lives. “No, no hay que llorar, que la vida es un carnaval.” (No, there’s no crying because life is a carnival.) With Cruz’s characteristic flavor and chispa, the song reaches highs and lands itself at the top of tops.

Other songs that were in the running were: La India and Marc Anthony’s Vivir lo Nuestro [1], Chayanne’s Tiempo de Vals [MV], Olga Tañon’s Es Mentiroso [1], Café Tacuba’s Como te Extraño [MV], Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas’ Coolo [MV], Molotov’s Rastaman-dita [MV], Laura Pausini’s Escucha a tu Corazón [1] and La Soledad [MV], Los Amigos Invisibles’ Ponerte en Cuatro [MV], Juan Luis Guerra’s La Bilirrubina [MV], La Ley’s Aquí [MV], Aleks Syntek’s Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas [MV], Andrés Calamaro’s No Se Puede Vivir del Amor [MV] and Pandora’s Popurrí de Juan Gabriel [MV], as well as Nadie Baila Como Tú [1].

What are your favorite Latin music hits of the 90’s?

Note: this post was compiled by Diandra Rodriguez.

1 Response

  1. Thanks for adding to what I put together, Amy!

    haha I remember my dad (from Puerto Rico) would play Ricky Martin’s CDs at least once every weekend when I was growing up.

    Shakira’s “Donde Estan los Ladrones” album is a pop classic. Her black-and-red hair image was so striking to my nine-year-old-self.

    I used to replay Olga Tañon’s radio mix of her biggest ’90’s hits until I lost the file and couldn’t find it again.

    This post was one big nostalgia trip. Now I know the song titles I never caught on TV and the radio!

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